I received another bundle of vintage sewing notions last month, and amongst the patterns, scraps, yarn and clothing was a complete(!) and charming antique twin-size quilt top. It had suffered a little for its age (circa 1930’s or 1940’s is my guess) and decades-long relegation to the closet. Showing a few age spots and small tears, this quilt top was pretty much in great shape for an octogenarian.
So I washed it. Yes, I just washed it in my machine on gentle cycle. I know, I probably should have followed some more delicate, restoration-approved handling practices. But it was on the verge of being discarded, so I figured I’d risk it. And it came out great. Some brown spots remain, but hey, that’s just patina- this thing is an antique. I set about repairing the little rents with a quick zigzag stitch and then I quilted it up. Just straight line quilting for my basic Brother machine, and new fabric for the backing and binding. I did take the time to hand stitch the binding, something I almost never do, but this old bird seemed deserving of the attention.
The dainty retro prints, the mis-matched pink lattice and the assortment or brown, black, and blue granny square fabrics all charm.
I never thought I’d like brown in a quilt, but this matches the guest room perfectly, and I do love it. Also, Friedrich approves.